Christmas Love Letters From God
By Glenys Nellist
Illustrated by Rachel Clowes
Published by: Zonderkidz
ABOUT BOOK: Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from God, folded into a small envelope attached to the page. Each letter begins with a space in which to write the child’s name, so each one can be specially addressed to the child.
Written as if God is speaking, each personalized message gives the young reader a sense of wonder as they discover anew the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Perfect Promise, also accompanies each story and letter as God’s personal words of love, promise, and hope.
REVIEW: I was pleasantly surprised by this beautifully illustrated book that prepares readers hearts for Christmas. I liked that the paper was thick like card stock. I liked that I won’t have to worry about the pages ripping so easily. The illustrations on the pages look like the kind you’d use on a felt board. It makes you feel like you can move the pieces around on the page. Then there is the page that has a Love Letter from God. There is a scripture near the envelope. I liked that the reader has to open the letter to see its contents. It makes the child feel (and adult) as if they are really reading a personal letter. There’s a stamp and post mark on all the letters too.
Every letter starts out “Dear_________, It’s also written as if God is really talking to you personally. He even signs his name at the end. “With Love God”
On the very last page the author gives readers a chance to write a love letter to Jesus. I thought that was making the book thought provoking and personal.
It reminds me of one of my favorite devotionals Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I really enjoyed reading this inspirational hard back book. I’ll have to wait to read this to my grandson. I can see him being focused on the envelope and not the rest of the book. I’ll save this for when he gets older. But I found that it was a great way to share the Christmas story with my older children at the Dinner table each night and/or sometime after the meal. This book speaks to the youth and the young at heart! It’s a great message and a lovely book.
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